State plans to coordinate lead tests of water in all Oregon schools

State education and health officials announced Wednesday that the state plans to recommend that all public schools and day care centers test their water for lead this summer.

State officials also said the Oregon Health Authority will collect and make public the results of all tests to make it easy for the public too see whether lead is present, and at what levels, in schools and child care centers.

But the state lacks the power to require schools to test for lead or other water contaminants, said Oregon Department of Education spokeswoman Amy Wojcicki. And it will be up to school districts to pay for testing and any repairs that are needed if high lead levels are found.

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